New Forum Platform And Features Coming February 20

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Hey everyone,

Over the past couple of years, we’ve been listening to your suggestions about leveling up the forums and maintaining a positive community experience. We know that the forums can sometimes be difficult to navigate, with posts often getting buried and a report function that doesn’t always appear to lead to action. This is why we’re excited to announce that we will be launching new Overwatch forums next month. The rollout will begin with our English (US) forums, followed shortly by our other supported regions and languages.

With a streamlined look and new features to match, this change will provide a better experience for the Overwatch community. Brand-new notification features will help you stay on top of your posts, and real-time updates ensure that you won’t miss any of the conversation. Additionally, we have replaced the report function with a new flagging feature, which should help the community foster more engaging conversations. These are just a couple of the changes that will be coming soon to the Overwatch forums.

In line with our priority to minimize toxicity in Overwatch, players who are silenced or suspended in-game will not be able to post on the new forums. We will be reviewing and updating our current rules and guidelines so forum enforcement may seem stricter than before (for example, players will no longer be able to bump their posts or threads). Players who contribute to the forums in a constructive way will be granted additional features and permissions such as link previews, images, gifs, and embedded video posting.

Please keep in mind that the current forums will be hosted on a different platform so older posts and threads will not be migrated over to the new forums. These will be available in a read-only state for a short period of time after the transition. As such, be sure to save your favorite conversations elsewhere if you plan to revisit old memories in the future. New posts will automatically be directed to the new platform.

We’re always excited about the future of the Overwatch community, and we’ll be talking more about the forum updates in the coming weeks. Until then, keep your eyes on playoverwatch.com, as well as our Twitter and Facebook pages for the latest news, and we’d like to thank everyone for the continued enthusiasm and support.
Hello everyone,

Last month, we announced that the Overwatch forums would be transitioned over a to brand-new platform, which will allow us to implement several new features like real-time notifications, a new flagging feature, trust levels, and more. Today, we’re pleased to share that the new forums will go live on February 20.

Many of these features will be available when you log in for the first time next week, while others will be earned as your trust levels increase. Players who contribute, rather than trolling or spamming, will be granted additional features and permissions. This may include the ability to share link previews, images, gifs, embedded video posting, and even create wiki posts. Maintaining an increased trust level requires that players remain active and respectful.

Also, it’s important to keep in mind that older posts and threads will not be migrated over to the new forums. However, these will still be readable for a short period of time after the transition. If you have favorite conversations, please be sure to save them if you wish to revisit those old memories.

Thank you for your passion and commitment to the Overwatch community and for your patience as we find new ways to build a positive, welcoming experience for all of our players. Keep an eye on the forums for more information about the rollout, and stay dialed in on PlayOverwatch.com, and our Twitter and Facebook profiles for more news and information!

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